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Nintendo finally provided an official update on NX today, but it probably wasn’t what many expected. Rather than launching by the end of the year, the new system will instead debut in March 2017.

Japanese paper Nikkei spoke with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, and asked why Nintendo won’t be launching NX in time for the holiday season. Kimishima responded by saying the company wanted to ensure that there were games to go along with the NX.

As far as what the system will offer, he wouldn’t divulge any specifics. Kimishima only said the following:

“At this current stage, I’m not able to say. However, it’s not merely the successor to the handheld 3DS or stationary console Wii U. This will be hardware that’s been made with a new way of thinking. I’d like to announce more particulars regarding its specs and how it works another time this year.”

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NX will not be featured at E3 2016 next month, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki. He further reports that Nintendo will focus on Zelda at the expo.

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Nintendo has just made a significant announcement regarding the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U.

First, the title is no longer slated for release this year, and is now expected in 2017. It’s confirmed for NX as well in addition to Wii U. The new entry in the Zelda series will launch simultaneously on both platforms.

Nintendo said it will use the extra time to improve the quality of the project.

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NX will launch around the world in March 2017, Nintendo has revealed.

That news comes straight from the Nintendo’s latest financial report. In it, the company states: “For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.”

Further details about the new system were not revealed. We’ll see if we receive any additional nuggets during the investor’s briefing later today.

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Emily Rogers posted a new article regarding Nintendo’s software plans for NX. You can read the full piece here, but we did want to highlight some of what was written on the site.

This is all unconfirmed of course, but here’s a look at the main points:

– The big fundamental focal point (and overall goal) behind NX is to vastly increase the software output from Nintendo’s first party teams and studios.
– To accomplish this, the entire process of how Nintendo develops and produces software has gone through radical changes.
– There is a new strategy that was put in place to create and release first party software at a faster rate.
– Multiple unannounced Wii U projects were moved over to NX.
– The NX could potentially see the highest output of first party software in the company’s history. (I’m talking about the entire lifespan of NX. Not just one or two years.)

Rogers also writes that “the NX’s software output will blow away the Wii U’s software output” and within a year, “will build a larger library of games than Wii U produced in three or four years.”

Additionally, Rogers stresses that some games won’t necessarily avoid delays, and it’s possible that there will still be gaps between releases. Nintendo may also choose to save game announcements for different events, meaning we may not see the full slate at E3 or even by launch.

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Update: Going to leave this here rather than making a new post. NeoGAF’s 10k has posted more rumors about the NX (thanks Yolkghost). They’ve been verified by a moderator supposedly, but that doesn’t make them true necessarily. In any case, read the rumors here if you’re interested.


New tweets from Emily Rogers indicate that four Wii U ports are currently in development for NX. We’ve already heard plenty of speculation about the new Zelda as well as some talk about Smash Bros. However, Super Mario Maker and Splatoon could hit the new system, too. But Rogers cautions:

“Just because something is in development doesn’t mean it’ll be released. So either all four of these ports will come…or only two of them.”

Emily says that Zelda and Smash Bros. “sound like guarantees” after speaking “with at least 10 people regarding these four ports.” Splatoon is said to be “up in the air.”

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The fourth portion of Natsume’s winter Q&A with fans was added to the company’s Tumblr page today. Natsume tackled topics about the 3DS (why no Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, series and support for the system in general) and NX (not much to say currently). For the latest three questions and answers, head past the break.

You may recall that we put up a post last week regarding Mercenary Kings on NX. In a Twitter interaction with a fan, Tribute Games showed some interest in making that happen.

Tribute Games co-founder Jean-Francois Major saw our post, and actually brought up another possibility. He told us that if the studio can be in a position to have a game out for NX at launch, the team will port over Flinthook.


We followed up with Major within the past few days, who said he and Tribute Games “still stand by our dreams of making games for Nintendo consoles.” That being said, it’s tough for them to commit to NX since such little information is floating around at the moment. However, he reiterated, “given the chance to release a NX launch title, I think we would jump at the occasion.”

Major added that, regarding Flinthook, Tribute Games is “still trying to figure out where the title will end up,” and nothing is set in stone. The team is “still shopping around for the best partner for the game.”

Emily Rogers – who most recently revealed that a new Paper Mario was heading to Wii U prior to the announcement of Color Splash – has come forward with a new set of rumors about Zelda Wii U.

Today’s speculation consists of three parts. Rogers further backs up claims that the new Zelda will be on both Wii U and NX. Additionally, the game may allow players to choose between a male or female character, and most characters are voiced – aside from Link.

Here’s the full roundup of Rogers’ tweets:


Like with all rumors, these bits should be taken with a grain of salt. It shouldn’t be too much longer until we hear about the new Zelda in an official capacity again, as E3 is coming up quick.

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Mercenary Kings, Tribute Games’ side-scrolling shoot ’em up, never made its way to Wii U. A port to the console was ruled out in September 2013, several months before the game came out.

Could Mercenary Kings end up on Nintendo’s next core system though? Tribute Games co-founder Jean-Francois Major expressed interest in the possibility when conversing with one fan on Twitter.

He said:


Major did tell us back in 2013 that as former Game Boy Advance developers, Tribute Games “would love to go back on Nintendo consoles at some point.” Maybe that could happen with NX.

Thanks to Dry Bone Koopa for the tip.

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